There’s no difference between copyright law in cyberspace and print media; the same law applies both online and offline. You can check to see if your content has been stolen, and file DMCA take-down notices with the appropriate web host when it has been.
Copyrightable works include but are not limited to literary works such as articles, blog posts, stories, journals, or computer programs, pictures and graphics, as well as audio and video recordings (recipes are excluded).
A couple of hours after I publish a new article I use search engines, meta search engines and/or online plagiarism checkers to search for specific quotes from my article. After I get the first results from one search engine, usually Google, depending on what’s revealed I can continue to search and catch the RSS Feed scrapers who have stolen my content. Thereafter I periodically run random checks for plagiarism of my older posts and specific checks for plagiarism of my most popular posts.
Here’s an example (Google limits queries to 32 words.):
search string: a silent victim of make money blogger rip off artists like these two. Search results:
Search Engines, Meta Crawlers and Plagiarism Checkers
The list below is not an exhaustive one. It includes the search engines, meta search crawlers, grammar checkers and plagiarism tools that I’m most likely to use to detect unauthorized duplication of my content on the internet. Metasearch means instead of getting results from one search engine, you’ll be getting the best combined results from a variety of engines.
1. Copyscape is a free duplicate content checker searches for copies of your page on the web. Copyscape Premium provides more powerful plagiarism detection than the free service, plus a host of other features, including copy-paste originality checks, batch search, private index, case tracking and an API. Copysentry provides comprehensive protection for your website by automatically scanning the web daily or weekly and emailing you when new copies of your content are found.
2. Dogpile search is powered by Metasearch technology, and returns all results from leading search engines including Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex, so you find what you’re looking for faster. Web, Images, Video, News, Local and White Pages searches are offered and you can download a toolbar.
3. DuckDuckGo an Internet search engine that uses information from many sources, such as crowdsourced websites like Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and WolframAlpha to obtain its results. DuckDuckGo provides web search and real privacy at the same time. Search anonymously. Find what your search for instantly.
4. Dustball plagiarism detector is a free online copy and paste tool will find plagiarized text. You can upgrade to a paid premium version for more powerful detection. Also provided are Scholar Search, Books Search, Article Rewriter and Spell Checker.
5. Google search limits queries to 32 words. A quick search for a sentence or several quick searches for quotes from your freshly published article can alert you to content theft.
6. Grammarly is an automated proofreader and plagiarism checker you can use to proofread editorial copy, blog posts, and stories. It corrects up to 10 times as many mistakes as other word processors. Duplichecker analyzes each sentence copied and pasted into the text box or in an uploaded a text file when the URL of the content destination required to be checked. This tool compares the submitted text sentence by sentence with Google, Yahoo or Bing (MSN search) for duplicate content.
7. Ixquick search engine is not a plagiarism detector tool per se but it’s quick and very accurate. When you search with Ixquick search engine, you are searching many popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine alone. You can also add ixquick to your browser or download the ixquick toolbar.
8. Live Search (formerly Windows Live Search and MSN Search) is Microsoft’s web search engine, designed to compete with Google and Yahoo!. Included as part of the Internet Explorer web browser.
9. Plagiarisma.Net Free Article Checker is for Students, Teachers, Scholars, Educators, Scientists, Essayists, Writers for duplicate content checking.
10. Plagium Plagiarism Tracker and Checker quick search capability is free, but with a limit of five (5) searches per day. Any additional searches in a 24 hour period will require the consumption of Search Credits.
11. PlagTracker.com is a free unique checking algorithm that scans content for plagiarism. It checks all Internet pages and our databases, housing more than 20 million academic works to content that has been plagiarized, along with a list of all the sources, to make is easier for you to correct.
12. PlagScan – the professional version of SeeSources is an entirely browser-based web service which tests the authenticity of documents. SeeSources.com – online, automatic & free plagiarism checker is a service for teachers of schools, colleges and universities that want to check assignments and papers for passages plagiarised from the Internet.
13. Search.com is a meta search engine operated by CNET that provides web-wide search and a wide variety of specialty search options. You can customize your searches.
14. Small SEO Tools plagiarism checker is a tool that will identify the original source of any unoriginal or plagiarized content that was copied from the internet.
15. WriteCheck – Plagiarism.org is a free resource sponsored by iParadigms LLC, makers of Turnitin, WriteCheck, and iThenticate. Plagiarism Check, Grammar Check & Tutoring – create your account. There are a variety of packages to choose from.
For on specialized search engines see my earlier post Blogging Resources: Search Engines.
SplogSpot is service that keeps track of spam blogs or Splogs. The splogspot spam database can be queried by anyone using the SplogSpot API. This will help blog related services, directories etc keep their sites clean. Weekly splog dump; Recently updated splogs; Report a spam blog? Let the world know !
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Content theft: The come and get it solution
Splog Off! Dealing with content theft
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